Trichotillomania refers to a condition where hair loss is created by repeated urges to pull and/or twist the hair until it pulls out from the root or breaks off. This condition makes it difficult for sufferers to stop this behavior, even when their hair shows signs of loss. Trichotillomania is an impulsive control disorder and while it’s causes are not fully understood, we do know that women are affected 4 times more than men.
Many people have nervous habits but those with who pull on their hair compulsively, suffer greatly from the overwhelming emotional and physical impacts of the hair loss. And the amount of hair loss varies in degree for each person. For some it may be slight, while others have more severe hair loss. For some the hair loss may be temporary in the beginning stages of the condition. For those who suffer with the condition long term, the hair loss may become permanent. In either case, the emotional aspect of the hair loss is very difficult for women to cope with.